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History Center Photos - Tunnels
Introduction
This page is devoted to historical photographs of Tunnels in Oregon. This is just a sampling of the many photographs in the History Center.
 
Historical records, correspondence and photographs dating back to the late 1800's are stored at the ODOT History Center in Room 5 of the Transportation Building in Salem, Oregon.

The documents in the History Center are public records and open to inspection, as well as being available to copy.  The History Center has space available for old records, including photographs, which are not being used in daily work.  If you have any questions about the center, contact Pat Solomon, Archivist at (503) 986-3284 or FAX (503) 986-4025.
 
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Cape Creek Tunnel

 Cape Creek Tunnel
 Cape Creek Tunnel, South Portal, 1949
Built in 1932 at milepost 178.42 on U.S. 101, near Heceta Head (Devils Elbow), Lane County.  Built by U.S. Bureau of Public Roads.
Length:  714 feet
Vertical Clearance:  16 feet
Horizontal Clear
Lining:  Concrete, open rock for about 1/3
Portals:  Concrete (Sunburst design)
 
 

Deschutes Tunnel

North Portal, Deschutes Tunnel 
Deschutes Tunnel 14 miles East of The Dalles, North Portal, Columbia River Hwy, Wasco County, 1929 - 1932. No longer in existence
 

 South Portal, Deschutes Tunnel
Deschutes Tunnel, South Portal 

Mitchell Point Tunnel

Mitchell Point  
Mitchell Point Tunnel
 
Columbia River Highway, Hood River County, located on the original Columbia River Highway and engineered by John Arthur Elliott in 1915. Blasted through a basalt headland, Mitchell Point Tunnel featured five windows overlooking the river and was patterned after a tunnel in Switzerland. Mitchell Point Tunnel served on the Columbia River Highway until 1953, when a new two-lane water-level route along the river bypassed the old road. In 1966, the tunnel was removed with explosives and machinery during widening of the new highway to a four-lane freeway configuration. 
 

Mitchell Point construction 
 Mitchell Point Tunnel under construction, 1915
 

 
Mitchell Point construction
 Mitchell Point Tunnel under construction, 1915

Mosier Tunnel

 
Mosier Tunnel
Mosier Tunnel, 1921
Built in 1921 near milepost 68 on the Columbia River Historic Highway in Wasco County.  Its timber construction has been replaced with concrete.  It is open for pedestrians and bicyclists but not motorists.
Length:  352'
Vertical Clearance:  16'
Horizontal Clearance:  17' 4" (1092); 20' (1938)
Lining:  Shotcrete & Rockbolts, false Timber
Portals:  1920/Stone Masonry interior, 1938/Concrete Exterior
 

 Mosier Tunnel
Looking east from a point below the highway at the west portal, Station 1503+37, showing a general view of the cliffs and masonry balcony between Stations 
1504+20 and 1505+30.  Photographed by Ralph Gifford, Oregon State Highway Department, March 29, 1930.
 

 Mosier Tunnel construction
 East tunnel of the Mosier tunnels looking West, 1919
 
 

Toothrock Tunnel

 Toothrock Tunnel
 Toothrock Tunnel, East Portal, Columbia River Hwy, 1937
Built in 1936 at milepost 41.16 on Interstate 84 near the Bonnevile Dam, by U.S. Bureau of Public Roads.
Length:  837'
Vertical Clearance:  16'
Horizontal Clearance:  28'
Lining:  Concrete
Portals:  Stone